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Re: FT-847 discontinued?



              I don,t know about the rest of the people who operate 
satellite
             but I will buy another 847 used to replace the one I have.
               I also owned a Ft 736 for many years too.
                These 2 rigs gave me very little problems all the years I 
used them.
                73,s Jerry w0sat
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nate Duehr" <nate@natetech.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 11:28 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] FT-847 discontinued?


> John Geiger wrote:
>> I think the FT736 ran for about 10 years, ending around 1998.  Hopefully 
>> the
>> replacement for the FT847 will allow for optional 222 and 1.2g modules 
>> like
>> the 736 had.  In that way the 847 was a step back from the 736.
>>
>> I think of the best runs of a yaesu rig has to be the FT840. Started 
>> around
>> 1994, and still being made today.
>>
>> 73s John NE0P
>
> Assuming that there is a replacement other than the FT-857 and FT-897?
>
> No they're not "satellite" radios, but they have more features, a better 
> DSP and do just about everything the FT-847 did... cheaper, and appeal to 
> a larger portion of the overall Ham market.  With computer CAT control, 
> they can do even more.
>
> I'd guess that there's not going to be a "replacement"... they're already 
> here.
>
> And with 220 not being a Ham band in most IARU Regions, manufacturers have 
> little incentive to build for the band in the worldwide Ham marketplace.
>
> 1.2G is an open hole in the market space where someone could make an 
> affordable single-band radio and probably make a killing on those of us 
> that don't have anything other than transverters to work the band with... 
> (or buy a Kenwood with the optional band module).  Icom's D-Star 1.2G 
> digital and analog FM radio doesn't appear to appeal to a very large 
> audience, yet.
>
> Nate WY0X
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